When maritime logistics supply chain Leading Seaman Matthew Bruce deployed to the Australian Defence Force's Operation Mazurka, he knew he was up for a challenge.
Operating in the Sinai, he is among 27 ADF personnel contributing to the Multinational Force and Observers. Its mission is to supervise the implementation of the security provisions of the Egyptian-Israeli Treaty of Peace and employ best efforts to prevent any violation of its terms.
Leading Seaman Bruce's logistical support to the Australian contingent includes managing its armoury and explosives ordnance.
The deployment is presenting new challenges that require out-of-the-box thinking.
“Logistics support is key to daily operations and the overall completion of our mission,” Leading Seaman Bruce said.
“With limited ability to access the military supply system, I have learned to quickly adapt and do more with what we have available by increasing interactions with local suppliers to provide support to our contingent.
“Being capable of working on my own without the support of a larger logistical team has been a learning curve. It has helped me to grow as a logistician.”
Established in 1981 the Multinational Force and Observers is a non-UN organisation maintained by 12 nations, including Australia, Canada, Fiji, France, New Zealand and the United States.
Leading Seaman Bruce is also contributing beyond his logistics role, fulfilling tower guard and security escort duties for maintenance teams working on remote sites.
He said working with Navy has afforded him a good work-life balance that has allowed him to work in a multicultural environment, travel the world and continue studying a Diploma in Paramedical Science.
“The ADF has offered me the opportunity to visit dozens of countries and be paid to do so,” Leading Seaman Bruce said.
“It’s an extremely rewarding job and I would highly recommend joining the ADF to anyone keen to have the same experiences.”